Learning a new skill is essential for one’s personal growth. Be it speaking a different language, developing a new app, cooking a great meal or whatsoever, developing a new skill can take you to mental and physical highs, especially if you’ve mastered it. For some, learning a skill is quite laborious, at times painful. It’s never easy but it can be one of the most rewarding experiences ever.
Here are tips on how to learn any skill without it being a tedious process:
1. Focus on the process, not the outcome.
Heard about the expression “It’s the journey that counts, not the destination.”? It practically applies to this philosophy. Once you start focusing on the outcome, you become more negative, judgement nit picky. Your every mistake and flaw is amplified, hampering your progress. But once you start focusing on the the day by day process of learning and methodology, you become more immersed in the activity. You feel more present and you will actually learn more than pointedly and frequently looking at the endgame.
Write down your daily experience in Daily Notes. You can easily sort and look through your activities and patterns on a daily, weekly, monthly or even yearly basis.
It’s easy to start a journal. You can just purchase a traditional paper journal or download Daily Notes, write your first entry and boom, you’ve got yourself a journal. But maintaining and writing on it on a daily basis is the hard part. You become too busy, you forget, you lose the motivation, you don’t know what to write but it all simply boils down to not allocating some time in your day to do your journaling.
It’s not hard but it won’t be an easy journey either but you can start with the following tips to find some time to write:
Block off some to write. Treat it like an important appointment. Think of the best time where you can take care of your appointment to write. Add that to your to-do list and schedule a reminder beforehand everyday.
Tip: Add it in your to-do lists in Daily Notes by tapping on Tasks > +ADD
Journaling has been always considered as therapeutic. It helps you better understand yourself and the world around you but did you know that, the daily simple act of writing about your thoughts has a lot more mental and physical rewards? Here’s a list of how journaling can change your life:
Journaling boosts our creativity
Writing what we really feel is raw, spontaneous and true. And in that intuitive writing, in that unrestrictive, nonjudgemental condition is where we feel more free, child-like and honest. That’s where creativity stems from. Julia Cameron, bestselling author or “The Artist’s Way” attest to this fact and encourages writing every day. It’s just like brainstorming in your head, shutting up inner critics and doing a “brain dump” and see those creative thoughts flow.
Journaling can motivate you more.
Suppose you wrote a few months ago how scared and apprehensive you were of trying out a certain activity. If you’ve managed to conquer that fear and if you’ve managed to succeed in doing it, reading your progress in your journal becomes more fulfilling, pushing you more to try new things. It will motivate you more, making you think “Hey, that wasn’t bad, lets try something new again.”
– You can easily read past entries in Daily Notes via the calendar or tagging function. –
We’ve mentioned before the power of journaling and how essential it can be for one’s personal growth. You can readily start a journal right on Daily Notes. Just do the following:
1. Open up Daily Notes and you’ll immediate see a Theme Selection screen. You can pick and change this anytime you want.
There’s something therapeutic about unloading on a blank page and just telling an inanimate object about what you really feel. Writing about yourself is a cathartic experience, it’s a frightening yet powerful activity that helps us understand ourselves better.
Frightening in a sense that, you will slowly come to understand what you really are and how you really feel. It gives you clarity, making you truthful and vulnerable to the things that you have been denying yourself for so long. You can’t escape your mind so you’re forced to deal with them by trying to understand yourself and how to handle the situation.
That in itself is also its power. That’s why journaling has become such a popular activity. Countless articles has touted the health benefits of journaling and we agree on all points especially on the following:
1. You are better connected with yourself.
Self awareness is necessary for self improvement and when you understand yourself better, when you are aware of who you really are, adapting to life changes seems much easier. Everyone is different. We all have unique personalities, attitudes, strengths, weaknesses, motivations, beliefs, etc. What applies to one doesn’t necessary apply to another. If a particular routine is working for your friend, that doesn’t mean that it will work on you. So the best way to deal with is to understand how your emotions, how you work then adapt to a way more suited for you.